NYULocal: Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention, Assistance, Counseling and Education

Every year during Welcome Week, freshmen attend an overrated presidential welcome and, more importantly, watch a student-produced musical about life at NYU. Meant to be funny and educational, the Reality Show is NYU’s way of putting a fun twist on the obligatory university orientation where girls are reminded how to avoid being sexually assaulted and given all the numbers you’re supposed to call when it happens anyway. One of these phone numbers becomes forcefully memorized during a repetitive song about mental health services where everyone yells together, “212-443-9999!” …

Read the full article on NYULocal.com: A Closer Look at NYU’s S.P.A.C.E

NYULocal: 100 Years of Beauty Trends

A lot of people on Twitter are mad about skincare. In the midst of watching people argue over what others should and shouldn’t do to their faces, I had the chance to stop by a beautiful exhibit called “Eye of the Beholder: Decade-Defining Lids, Lashes and Brows.” Curated by several students in Steinhardt’s costume studies master program, the gallery displayed an entire century of eye makeup trends…

Read the full article on NYULocal.com: Costume Studies Exhibit Highlights 100-Year-Old Beauty Trend: Choice

Traditional Zeppole di San Giuseppe

One night towards the end of July, I accidentally wandered into an Italian street festival somewhere in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and was immediately reminded of the year I spent in Florence. It was my freshman year of college, the first time I had ever left my small town in the small state of Rhode Island. Most of the time, I could pass for a local: My grandfather had immigrated to the United States from Naples when he was a boy, and I began learning to speak Italian around the same age he was when he moved to America…

Read the full article on Food52.com: To Find Real (Cream-Filled!) Zeppole, Head to Rhode Island

Feature photo by Rocky Luten.

Prague Study Abroad Guide

Prague is a magical place full of delicious soup, dirt cheap beer and remnants of Soviet Communism. What more could you ask for? Although it’s genuinely one of my favorite cities in the world, it can be confusing and a little intimidating at first. Check out this guide for some helpful tips…

Read the whole article on NYULocal: Unofficial Guide To Study Abroad: Prague

Grand Street

New Yorkers are used to the chaos of Canal Street and tourists expect it as a characteristic of Chinatown. But wander down Grand Street towards the edge of Little Italy and the crowds dissipate. Grocery shoppers browse the market stands and school kids enjoy afternoon sweets from street vendors. This photo slideshow captures the neighborhood scene of this calmer, quieter side of Chinatown.

Photo project on Grand Street with Vimeo.


NYULocal: Community Gardens

Through September and October, we can expect a few more warm days before November comes and ruins it all. To make the most of your remaining outside time, take a break from Washington Square Park and venture to some of the community gardens scattered throughout the nearby Lower East Side. Whether you want a quiet hideout to read by yourself or a new outdoor event space to check out with friends, this guide will help you find the perfect spot…

Read the rest on NYULocal: 6 Community Gardens To Explore Near NYU

NYULocal: New Grad Student Welcomed After 20 Years In Prison

One of NYU’s newest graduate students has the type of impressive track record that is annoyingly commonplace here. She not only has an undergraduate degree from Ball State University, but is also a certified paralegal and published scholar. She wrote a play that will debut this winter and worked on a research team that won best project of the year from the Indiana Historical Society.

But unlike most NYU students, Michelle Jones did all of her work while serving time in prison….

Read the full article on NYULocal: NYU Welcomes Grad Student After 20 Years In Prison

Thoughts From the Crowd at San Gennaro


From September 14 to 24, vendors are packed into the streets of Little Italy for the annual Feast of San Gennaro. The festival has been a city tradition for the past 91 years. But something is a little different this year.

“It’s way too New York now,” said Rebecca, a young mom from Queens who has been coming to the fair for about 20 years. “Like, ‘Italian’ fried chicken? Come on.” She usually takes her daughter and nieces for the rides and games, but her favorite part is always the Italian food, which there seems to be less of this year.

“I thought we were gonna come here and mangia!” said her older sister, Christina. “Oh well.”


Although there are still rows of sausage-and-pepper stands, piles of lasagna and meatballs on paper plates, and glass pastry cases filled with cannoli, there have definitely been some additions. The Franki Valli music playing in front of the famous Ferrara bakery is drowned out by Top 40 hits, soca music, summery reggaeton and even throwback Nicki Minaj freestyles from her first mixtapes. If you don’t want Italian food, other vendors sell “Italian” hot dogs, macaroons, rice and beans (with or without marinara) and “mozzarepas.”


But the festival is still about heritage, tradition and fun, explained Frank Alleva with a mouth full of sausage. He grew up on Grand Street and went to the San Gennaro fair every year as a kid. Now, 61 years later, he runs the Alleva Dairy table. Although he still loves the atmosphere, he misses the old Italy.

“The neighborhood has been gentrified, so its not just all the old-timers here anymore,” he said.


While people lined up for cannoli, gelato, and Italian ices, one dessert stop was suspiciously empty —the panettone, otherwise known as fruit cake. The elderly vendor watched the crowd from his chair. I asked how long he had been coming here.

“Long enough,” he said with a tired scowl.



Freelance journalist based in New York City